City RIP Wall of Death
posted by October 21 at 14:29 PMon
Responding to my post yesterday about the city’s destruction of a famous and much-loved skate spot, Seattle Parks spokesperson Dewey Potter writes…
Thanks for your phone message yesterday. Seattle Department of Transportation, which owns the property, did the work because the number of complaints and incidents of cyclists and walkers being hit made it clear it was a safety issue.
Parks recently opened a new skatepark at Woodland Park, and we’re working on new skateboard parks at Delridge Community Center and Playfield in West Seattle, at Dahl Playfield in northeast, and at Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill.
Can you provide me with some documentation—police and emergency reports—of incidents where cyclists and walkers were hit by flying skaters? Do you have any proof that there was a safety problem at the Wall of Death? I’d like to see it, please.
It has been my impression, as a frequent user of BGT, that skaters there, like skaters at skateparks, are very conscientious about when it is and isn’t safe to “drop in.” I ride the BGT on my bike several times a week, and I’ve never seen an accident or even a near miss. It is also my impression that the Wall of Death skate spot is used—excuse me, was used—more frequently by skaters in the winter and rainier months, when the BGT isn’t being used by many cyclists or walkers.
And as cyclists and walkers are primarily menaced and harmed by drivers, can I look forward to the banning of cars from our streets?
Please respond about when I can expect to see some documentation of the safety problems at the Wall of Death. Thank you.
We’re filing a public disclosure request with the Seattle Police Department about any incidents involving skateboarders colliding with cyclists and walkers at The Wall of Death.